Blanca y Samuel , the owner of El Molino de Alcuneza Hotel & SPA looks forward to welcome you to Sigüenza
Sigüenza is a medieval and ancient town, whose stones speak of history, legend and inherited traditions. Surrounded by beautiful and rugged landscapes, this town offers a delicious cuisine based on local products and a varied range of traditional handicrafts.
Sigüenza has an important, centuries-old historical and artistic heritage. Being an episcopal see and home to artists, a walk through its streets shows the different architectural and artistic styles: civil and religious buildings as well as blazoned stately mansions form the interesting urban complex between the Castle and the Cathedral.
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How to Get There
Coming from Madrid: Motorway A2 until Km 103. Continue on CM-110 (17 km to Siguenza)
Coming from Barcelona and Zaragoza: Motorway A2 to Alcolea del Pinar. Continue on CM – 211 (20 km to Siguenza)
Coming from Teruel: National road N-234 to Monreal del Campo (N-211) to Alcolea del Pinar (CM-1110)
Sigüenza: Plan your journey by public transport
This railway station offers daily service to Madrid, Gualajara, Barcelona etc.
Madrid – Barajas Airport is one of the main points of entry for tourists to Spain. The new extensions have consolidated Barajas as a “hub” airport where airlines can increase connectivity between Latin American, domestic and European markets. Being a true bridge between Europe and Latin America, the airport has consolidated its leading position among world airports.
Sigüenza weather forecast
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Places to go
Tour through the town of Atienza, declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument, located in Don Quixote’s homeland, Castile La Mancha.
TO SEE: Atienza, declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument in 1962, combines history, art, monuments and beauty. The valuable natural, historic, archaeological and artistic heritage of this village and landscape, turn this diverse region into a reference of Spain’s cultural and inland tourism. A land of undeniable charm, where you will find the old Castile in every spot and in its people.
TO DO: Take a walk to the castle and enjoy the beautiful views. Have a nice glas of wine and savour the delicious ‘cochifrito’ (sauteed lamb with lemon, onions and garlic).
RECOMMEND: The churches-museums, freshly wood-fired pastries and bread of one of Atienza’s bakeries.
Tour through the medieval town of Medinaceli, in the province of Soria, region of Castile-León, Spain.
TO SEE: Beautiful medieval village and scenary of countless battles. Land of El Cid and Almanzor. Its medieval palaces have resisted the course of time and turned Medinaceli into one of the most beautiful villages in the area. There are no shopping centers but several art galleries where visitors can enjoy the best of past and modern visions in a unique environment.
TO DO: The Medinaceli Collegiate church, the carved Christ of Medinaceli, the palace of the Dukes of Medinaceli, the Roman Mosaic Museum, the Roman arc.
RECOMMEND: The ‘Clarisas’ sweets, the art galleries, having an aperitif on the terraces in front of the green meadow, enjoying the views.
City tour through the beautiful medieval town of Sigüenza, situated in the province of Guadalajara, region of Castile La Mancha, Spain.
TO SEE: Sigüenza is a medieval and ancient town, whose stones speak of history, legend and inherited traditions. Surrounded by beautiful and rugged landscapes, it is well recognized for its rich cuisine based on local products and for its varied traditional handicrafts.
This beautiful city in the northern region of the province of Guadalajara was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1965 due to its rich architectural heritage. Episcopal seat and home to artists, a walk through the streets shows the development of its different architectural and artistic styles: gorgeous civil and religious buildings and emblazoned mansions form the interesting urban layout from the Castle to the Cathedral.
Among all the buildings, we’d like to mention: the Cathedral, the church of San Vicente, the facade of the church of Santiago, the Ursulines Monastery and the Monastery of Nuestra Señora de los Huertos, the hermitage of San Roque and the chapel of El Humilladero, the Doncel House, the Pósito and the Torreón tower. Another very interesting site is the town’s wall, with half a dozen gates and towers.
TO DO: A guided tour of the cathedral, strolling through the old part of the town and having some tapas in a bar.
RECOMMEND: Visit the Guitar and Vihuela Museumn located in the ‘Doncel de Sigüenza’ house-palace opposite the beautiful Romanesque church of San Vicente. Visit any of the studios of the local craftsmen: sculptors, coopers, honeycreepers, painters.
A walk through Santamera and the salt marshes of Imon
A walk through Santamera and the Imon salinas, located in the province of Guadalajara, region of Castile La Mancha, Spain.
TO SEE: Points of interest: salt marshes of the ‘salted river’, Santamera, ravines, Atance water reservoir. There are climbing routes and you might see vulture nests on the walls of the ravine.
TO DO: You can climb, hike, rent a canoe or enjoy nature, watching deer coming down to drink at dusk at the reservoir or vultures flying over the territory.
RECOMMEND: Go at sunset, bring something to eat and enjoy with your 5 senses nature at its purest. Odours, noises, sounds, coloirs in a lively environment…
Alto Tajo Nature Reserve
A walk through the Alto Tajo Nature Reserve – one of the most important biodiversity areas in Castile-La Mancha.
TO SEE: This is one of the highlights of biodiversity in Castilla-La Mancha. The Upper Tajo has the majority of the typical characteristics of the Iberian Range, some of which are very notable and have produced formations and micro-formations that are only found in this area. Especially noteworthy are the formations link to river courses such as canyons and ravines – which are both frequent in this area – and terraces, as well as unique slope formations such as needles, pinnacles and monoliths. In summary, this is the most extensive network of canyons and ravines in Castilla-La Mancha.
TO DO: Visit the monastery of Nustra Señora de la Hoz and the San Pedro bridge.
RECOMMEND: El hundido (the ‘sunken’) and the bridge of San Pedro, places of unique beauty where you can choose between several routes which are comfortably walks near the Tajo river.
Black Architecture Route
Route of the black architecture through several villages in the province of Guadalajara, Spain.
TO SEE: From Sigüenza to Madrid, turn off in Mandallona towards Cogolludo and Jadraque. Once there continue toward Umbralejo, Valverde de los Arroyos, Tamajón.
Points of interest: Umbralejo, Valverde de los Arroyos, La Huerce.
TO DO: Do the route by car or bicycle. Visit the villages but especially enjoy the landscape, the pastures between the pine forests.
RECOMMEND: The hermitage of Santa Coloma in Albendiego, take a walk at the Pela Gallinas River Reserve, enjoy the rural slate architecture (hence the name ‘black architecture’) and walk from Valverde de los Arroyos to the waterfall at the foot of the Ocejón peak.
Camino del Cid
Walking the Camino del Cid in the Sigüenza area, province of Guadalajara, region of Castile La Mancha, Spain.
TO SEE: Allured by the myth of El Cid, many people followed for decades the trail of ‘The Lay of the Cid’, discovering the rich historical, cultural and environmental wealth of this route.
Aware of this interest, the councils of Burgos, Soria, Guadalajara, Zaragoza, Teruel, Castellón, Valencia and Alicante have decided to define and promote the Camino del Cid, based on the literary route defined in The Lay of the Cid, in order to conduct and promote a route that, by its own right, should become an international benchmark.
TO DO: Those stretches of the route that pass through Sigüenza.
RECOMMEND: The section from Pelegrina via La Cabrera to Aragosa.
Don Quixote Route
Don Quixote Route: the stretch from Torresaviñán to Siguenza passing through the Barranco del Rio Dulce Nature Reserve.
TO SEE: The route begins at the foot of the castle of Torresaviñán and continues through the Barranco del Rio Dulce Nature Reserve, a natural setting where Spanish naturalist and broadcaster Felix Rodriguez de la Fuente filmed many of his documents. The route leads to Siguenza.
TO DO: 24.5 kms of constant ascents and descents without much difficulty and which can be made by foot, bicycle or on horseback. Before walking the path, it is worth to see Sigüenza in the morning.
RECOMMEND: The stretch that runs from Alcuneza to Siguenza. It’s 8 miles crossing cereal cropland until getting to Pinar de Siguenza. From there the route is very shady and you’ll arrive in Siguenza at its most medieval side. You should go well prepared, since there are almost no fountains, but it’s still worthwhile and beautiful.
Hayedo de Tejera Negra Nature Reserve
Tour through the Hayedo de Tejera Negra Nature Reserve with its exceptional beech-tree forest, one of the southernmost forests in Europe.
TO SEE: The viewpoint offers you breathtaking views of this nature reserve. The Park itself comprises the Lillas and Zarzas rivers, born in the Buitrera glacier valley, as well as a representative and exceptional beech-tree forest, one of the southernmost forests in Europe. The Park’s microclimate, together with its isolation, have allowed the preservation of its singular plants.
TO DO: The park’s most comfortable route is ‘Carboneros’. Leave your car at the parking ground.
RECOMMEND: Visit the park in autumn and enjoy the spectacular red colours of Europe’s southernmost beech tree forest. This is the best season of the year, not only due to the spectacle of the colours, but also because you can pick mushrooms.
Hoz del Río Dulce Nature Reserve
Walking tour through the Hoz del Río Dulce Nature Reserve, province of Guadalajara, region of Castile La Mancha, Spain.
TO SEE: The gorge (‘hoz’) has bored itself in a Karstic moorland dating from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. This formation is typical of the Upper Alcarria area which is covered by holm oaks, Portuguese oaks, small areas of Spanish junipers and Quercus Pyrenaica, Thorny Broom, Buckthorn, Common Lavender, Thyme and Prairie lands. The gorge has a variety of scarps with diverse shapes, including shelters, rock forms with the shape of a boat’s bow, stone arches, crags, mushrooms and pinnacles. The Dulce river also has barriers and travertine terraces, as well as a locked, abandoned meander.
TO DO: Taking a walk on any of the paths that exist in the park, visit the visitors center of the Dulce river in Mandayona
RECOMMEND: Bring a snack and a drink and picnic under the huge walnut trees on the banks of the river while enjoying the birds of prey flying free.
Monasterio de Piedra Nature Reserve
Tour to the Monasterio de Piedra Nature Reserve located in the province of Zaragoza, Spain.
TO SEE: Description: Waterfalls, caves and lakes, the mark the water leaves on the rocks and the slow transformation of the landscape turn this Nature Reserve into a unique place. The limeston massifs suffer a peculiar relief process due to the water. The water is therefore rich in calcium carbonate, which precipitates when water drips inside the caves on any submerged object. The water becomes dissolved, then it turns into ‘petrified water’, hence the name of Rio Piedra – the stone river.
TO DO: Take a walk through the park, between caves and waterfalls down to the fish farm.
RECOMMEND: Visit the park during the rainy season, in spring it is at its best.
Romanesque churches in the province of Guadalajara
Tour to the southernmost Spanish rural Romanesque churches in the province of Guadalajara, Spain.
On this tour you will see the southernmost rural Romanesque churches.
Distance/Time: approx. 40 km
Alcuneza, Sigüenza, Guijosa, Cubillas del Pinar, Bujarrabal, Estriegana, Sauca, Estriegana, Barbatona
Route visiting villages featuring black architecture
Tour through several villages of the area of Sigüenza, visiting examples of black architecture.
Tour through several villages of the are of Sigüenza, visiting black architecture and the medieval villages of Jadraque and Cogolludo.
Distance/Time: 200 km
Sigüenza, Atienza, Albendiegos, Condemios de Arriba, Galve de Sorbe, Valverde de los Arroyos, Palancares, Almiruete, tamajón, Cogulludo, Jadraque, Mandayona
Salt Marsh Tour
Salt marsh tour through the province of Guadalajara in Spain.
This tour explores the salt marshes of the salt river and passes the salt marshes of Alcuneza, Bujalcayado and La Olmeda, Jadraque, Salinas de Imon (the largest and best preserved), Santamera, Rienda and Riba of Santiuste.
Distance/Time: approx. 115 km
Alcuneza, Sigüenza, Palazuelos, la olmeda de Jadraque, Imón, Santamera, Cercadillo, Cincovillas, Paredes de Sigüenza, Rienda, Riba de Santiuste
Tour through the villages of the Alcarria
An enjoyable route through several villages between the towns of Sigüenza and Guadalajara in Spain.
Tour through the villages of the Alcarria visiting the castle of Jadraque (castle of El Cid), the medieval town of Hita, an Archpriest village, and Torija with its castle that now houses the visitor center of the Route of Don Quixote.
Distance/Time: 90 km
Sigüenza, Mandayona, Jadraque, Hita, Torija, Guadalajara
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